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Philippines again eyeing soldiers, cops to impose rules vs. COVID-19

The government is considering the deployment anew of soldiers and police to enforce minimum health standards in public places, COVID-19 response chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez said on Monday.

According to Joseph Morong's report on "Stand for Truth" and "24 Oras", Galvez said the authorities have noticed that many Filipinos have become complacent in complying with safety protocols meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"'Yung mga pulis at saka military, pwede uli nating uli i-disperse sa mga convergent areas," Galvez said.

The Department of Health has noticed a steep increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the country.

The OCTA Research Group compared the rate of increase in the past days to the pace in July 2020 or just a few months into the pandemic.

Some hospitals have also reported an increase in their COVID-19 admissions.

Galvez said the measure is being considered while the government aims to achieve herd immunity in the Philippines before the end of the year with the vaccination against COVID-19 of 70 million people.

He said the government was looking at a daily vaccination rate of 300,000 to 500,000 people.

Is this feasible?

"Kung steady ang supply," Galvez said.

The Philippines expects 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the third quarter and another 60 million in the fourth. -NB, GMA News